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Question about Blink chargers on PA turnpike

Discussion in 'Model S' started by ThatGoogleGuy, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. ThatGoogleGuy

    ThatGoogleGuy Member

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    Does anyone know if the new-ish level 3 blink chargers on the Pennsylvania turnpike work for the model s? If they do work well enough I think I can take 3 hours off my trip by going through PA.

    So if anyone knows how fast/slow these chargers are compared to superchargers? Any info about these level 3 chargers at the Bowmansville, Peter j. Camiel, and King of Prussia service Plazas would be appreciated, thanks!
     
  2. Tree95

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    If they are J1772, your car came with an adapter to use them

    If they are CHAdeMO, you need an adapter from Tesla to use them

    If they are CCS Combo, your Tesla can not use them
     
  3. Ugliest1

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    And re the speed, others can correct me but I've never seen an L2 Blink station (non-CHAdeMO) that has more than 30A. So, you'd be waiting, oh, 4 hours for 100 miles.
     
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    They are chademos according to plugshare, and look to be 40kw based on the comments posted.
     
  5. GlmnAlyAirCar

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    They work great. Roughly 1/3 the speed of super chargers. Cost is somewhat excessive (~$.45/hWh) but it's the best way to get across PA right now.
     
  6. ThatGoogleGuy

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    You need a chademos adapter to use them though?
     
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    Yup. I used one about 6 weeks ago - great to have some higher speed options on the PA Turnpike!

    Aaron
     
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    Can anyone translate this into a dollar amount for me? :)
     
  9. GlmnAlyAirCar

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    For a half charge, that would be 42.5 kWh on a 85 kWh pack. That's $19.30. On par with what you would pay for gas in PA.
     
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    Ouch seems steep. That's $20 for ~140 mile range. More than double gas rate for a 30mpg car.
     
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    Hopefully as competition and usage goes up prices will come down. Right now, good to have places to charge around. And most charging is at home.
     
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    I used the Blink CHAdeMO at the Peter J Camiel service area about a week ago. One of the ports wasn't functioning. I got on the phone with blink and eventually got the 2nd one working. Needed to top off or I couldn't have reached the Somerset, PA SC from NJ. Cost me $16.00 to use.

    chademo charging.jpg chademo charging2.jpg
     
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    Why do I not see these listed on PlugShare? Do I have some filters set wrong or were they simply not added? Specifically, I would like to bridge the gap between Somerset SC and Allentown SC.

    Karl
     
  14. GlmnAlyAirCar

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    There are on plug share. I'm not sure why they are not showing up for you. Also, you might want to think about posting this on the mid-Atlantic subforum; you might get more of a response there.
     
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    These are further east than Allentown, i believe. There are two chademos in Harrisburg at sheetz stations. Either one should get you between allentown and Somerset.
     
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    Can't reveal how I know but the PA Turnpike authority paid a small fortune to have those Blink chargers installed.

    Tesla offered to install Superchargers for free at all the PA turnpike rest stops but the Turnpike Authority refused, they said because other BEVs could not use them or that the deal with Blink prevented it. This is incredibly poor thinking and perhaps brain and ethical corruption as its very finest!
     
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    For a few months the Blink high speed chargers on the PA Turnpike were great. As able to top off on the way back from Philadelphia at either Valley Forge or Peter S. Camiel (sp) stations. 15 minutes pick up 50 miles or so to get back to Harrisburg at a respectful speed. Then the snow came and the Valley Forge charge was literally ICED in. No one cleared the ice. Then the next service station was out of service. The L2 charger is a waste of time at about 15 miles an hour.

    I have written and complained about their service with no luck. When they work they are great. When they don't you are traveling at 35mph to get home.

    Once other stop in Valley Forge is at the Tesla Chargers at the King of Prussia Mall. they are 80 amps and do quite well. Last time they they were all blocked/ICED.

    When will TESLA install a supercharger in the Philadelphia area. Yesterday I had to drive to Delaware to charge to make it home.

    To answer the other question out there, to use the Blink high speed charger requires a $450 adapter, well worth it.
     

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